Grizzlies – Smarter Than Your Average Bear

So today Rick and I were supposed to summit Mount Temple – an 11624 foot behemoth a stones throw from Lake Louise. To say we were stoked would have been an understatement. In fact, we spent a significant amount of time last night organizing our gear and laying everything out for the trek, including setting…

What’s Another Half Kilometre?

After another most excellent breakfast at Bow Valley Grill in the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel1, Rick and I wandered around Banff – taking a stroll down Banff Avenue to do some people watching, grab a coffee from Evelyn’s, and enjoy the crisp mountain air that had descended on the town. It was a casual saunter…

Hike. Spa. Repeat.

It’s amazing what a good sleep, an amazing breakfast, and an hour-long sports massage will do for an I-just-climbed-a-mountain weary body. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Rick and I conquered the first of three mountains that we must summit in order for Rick to receive a very palindrome-y cheque for $26762 for The Kidney…

The Conquering Of Cascade Mountain

This post is likely going to be short because my everything is tired. In fact, my everything’s everything is tired. I had no idea that was possible. The day started really early – the alarm went off at 4:45. I would suggest that a wake up of 4:45 in the morning while on vacation is…

The Word Of The Day Is Spoiled

Despite sleeping through my alarm this morning, I managed to make my way successfully to Calgary where I met Rick who was patiently awaiting my arrival. We spent an hour or so in the airport; chatting, feasting on some Timmies sandwiches, and catching up, before we boarded our bus to Banff. The 1.5 hour drive…

Counting Down The Hours

In just over 12 hours I’ll be jumping into a Red Car taxi to head to the airport. In just over 15 hours I’ll be safely on board my WestJet flight to Calgary with seatbelt buckled, tray & chair both in their upright position, and all electronic devices securely stowed beneath me or in the…

More Stoked Than Stoked

I’ve spent the bulk of my day thinking about, planning, and pulling things together for my big adventure. I still can’t believe I leave on Monday. From the moment Rick notified me of his win, to the last day of the fundraiser, and yes even up until this very moment – just over 36 hours…

I Couldn’t Say No

Alright, I realize that I have an epic adventure starting in a few short days – you know, that little thing where I fly out to Calgary to meet up with Rick and then climb a few mountains, all the while raising money and awareness for The Kidney Foundation of Canada – but I have…

Is It Monday Yet?

And our grand adventure is one day closer. Can you tell that I’m excited about my trip out west to visit Rick and climb three epic mountains? Because if that wasn’t clear, let me state for the record – holy shitballs I’m excited! In fact, I find myself giggling every now and then throughout the…

Thank You Thank You Thank You

In case you hadn’t already heard, the fundraising campaign for The Kidney Foundation of Canada ended today. The total raised: $6762. Since Banff Lake Louise Tourism is matching the first $5000 raised, that brings our official total to $11762. And of course, once Rick and I climb Cascade Mountain, Sulphur Mountain, and Mount Temple, Banff…

Last Call

Tomorrow – Wednesday August 22nd – is the last day of the Big Mountain Challenge fundraiser for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. At last check you have collectively donated $6402, crushing the goal of raising $5000. And since we’ve met the goal to raise $5000, Banff Lake Louise tourism will match that value. Putting it…

Video Evidence

For those who read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I completed item #279 on my Not-So-Bucket-List list1. You’ll also recall that I had mentioned that I was in the process of processing video evidence of my adventure. Well dear readers, I’ve just finished processing said video. And so without further ado, I give to you…

The Edge Walk

I would have sworn that the CN Tower Edge Walk was on my Not-So-Bucket-List list, but apparently it wasn’t. I repeat – wasn’t. Given that this has been on the list in my mind since I heard about it last year, I’ve turned wasn’t into was by retroactively adding it to my list today. It is now item #279….

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

I am exhausted. So much so, that I crawled into bed at 9:30 and I’m fighting to stay awake long enough to write this post. I won’t lie – it’s a bit difficult as I keep finding myself dozing off. It doesn’t help that Elliot is sprawled out across me looking fuzzy and cute as…

Unfreaking Believable

Sometime this afternoon – around 3 pm based on when Rick sent me the update – we reached the goal of raising $5000 for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. This means that Banff Lake Louise Tourism will – once we hike Cascade Mountain, Sulphur Mountain, and Mount Temple – present Rick with a cheque for The…